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An October of Sleep (soon)

Wild when the waves start to break,
And god knows, they're breaking in me now.
(Poe, "Wild")

The collaboration with Sonya (sovay) is almost, almost finished. She sent me the sixth and final section at 1:34 a.m., but I've only just now read it, aloud to Spooky. The whole thing needs a little tweaking here or there, but it is, even in the rough, something I'm very pleased with. Right now, it's about 9,500 words, so not a vignette at all, but a true and full-fledged short shory. Almost a novelette, had I not such disdain for that silly word. And it seems that a sister cycle to the Dandridge House stories has begun.

Yesterday was a very good writing day. I did 1,285 words and finished "Forests of the Night."

Today, I will begin a new vignette. Counting today, I have five days to finish Tales from the Woeful Platypus without a deadline extension, and I'm pretty sure I'll just squeak in under the wire. Also, I've got to send "Forests of the Night" and "Daughter of Man, Mother of Wyrm" to Vince, so he can begin the illustrations. This evening, I'll read over the collaboration, start to finish for the first time.

It looks like Sirenia Digest 10 will be going out tomorrow evening. Huzzah!

After all the writing yesterday, I spent most of the evening playing Drakengard 2. I've become quite fond of this game, especially that little spitfire Manah. I'm in direst need of a Manah LJ icon. Later, we finally allowed ourselves to begin Mark Z. Danielewski's Only Revolutions, and wow and goddamn, what a ride this is going to be. I don't think a book has affected me this way since I first approached Finnegan's Wake or Naked Lunch. We made it through the first eight pages of the Sam narrative (November 22, 1863-November 13, 1869), then flipped the book over and read the first eight pages of Hailey's story (November 22-December 9, 1963). But then I became obsessed with the relationship between the sidebar text and the narrative text, how the latter reads like the voice-over for a newsreel formed by the former, and then I started looking at the cover beneath the dust jacket. We stopped and read the Wikipedia entry on the book, which led to my correcting a number of mistakes in the entry. The mummified anole was listed as a "salamander," for example. I spent a good forty-five minutes pouring over that beautiful cover with a magnifying glass and have become obsessed with identifying all the beetle, butterfly, and bird species in the photo. So, yeah, this book is having the same sort of effect upon me that House of Leaves did, and that makes me grateful for its existence. I love simple stories and ripping good yarns and straight-forward narratives, but I also love intricate puzzles formed from words and images and the interrelationship of words and images. Spooky finally took away my magnifying glass, read me Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, and, with my head full of 1863 and 1963, mallards in Boston parks, and "Forests of the Night," I stumbled down to sleep.

Okay. Onward to the next vignette. Time waits for no nixar...

Postscript: I'm tired of this dull LJ format and would like one of those goregeous custom backgrounds I see and covet on the LJs of others. Could someone volunteer to talk me through the process? Please? I'll even toss in a gift as a bribe. My html skills are sort of stuck in the late 1990s.


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Sep. 26th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
Only Revolutions is making it difficult for me to actually write anything of value, since every time I start to write, I think about Hailey and Sam, and how it all works, and fits together, and I have to go read another 16 pages, or re-read the last 16 pages again...

I wish I could afford the ridiculous rates that The Fifty Year Sword is going for on eBay. But I think Only Revolutions is going to hold me over for a while. It's going to require multiple readings, especially since it's just so easy to get caught up in the thrum and flow of the words, and slip away from the meaning.
Sep. 26th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
I'm taking the sidebar text almost as the voices coming from the car's stereo, as they ride around, and flip between frequencies. There are a few points where the sidebar directly answers the main text (or vice versa), as well...

I'm probably going to have to reread the House of Leaves after I finish this one, though.
Sep. 26th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
And if you have a specific background you'd like, I'll help you make it work.

Or, if you'd like, I'll throw together a theme (maybe based on the Beyond the Waterworks site I did), and explain how to make it work.
Sep. 26th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
if you'd like, I'll throw together a theme (maybe based on the Beyond the Waterworks site I did), and explain how to make it work.

Hmmmm. Let me think about it and e-mail you.
Sep. 27th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
It appears there is a second printing available of The Fifty Year Sword if you follow the link at: http://markzdanielewski.info/t50ys.html

Sadly, it's still almost 50 EUR with shipping--a little out of my price range for a short story...
Sep. 26th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
I can help with Wordpress templates, but I'm not as familiar with LiveJournal themes. Then again, I actually *gasp* pay for hosting, but I've also got google ads and Amazon referrals and advertising networks. (In other words, it's a big frelling tax-write off sort of loss.)
Sep. 26th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
((completely off topic))

I wasn't that fond of Wordpress... I've taken to using ExpressionEngine in my projects, because it's really flexible, and easy to administer for people who aren't me, like the editors at ELN.
Sep. 26th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
The cover threw me for a loop. I always remove slip covers, and that one caught me by surprise.

There's also something connected to the word count of OR, there's a statement by the french translator that he was instructed to use an exact number of words in making his translation, which isn't that surprising considering 360 pages, 36 lines per page, etc etc that he'd have another trick up his sleeve. There's pictures of him constructing the book with pages scattered on the ground.

Have you seen the full color release of HoL?
Sep. 26th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the full color release of HoL?

No, I haven't. Are there photos online somewhere?
Sep. 26th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
There's a few here. I've heard Amazon has them, but you have to check when it arrives and make sure it's not just the regular version. Go figure.
Sep. 26th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Sep. 26th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
I first heard mention of the full-color version here. I feel guilty about wanting it, since I haven't really found the time to dive into the copy I've had for years now, but I just know that when I see it, I'll go absolutely batty and pick it up immediately.
Sep. 26th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
Is this Manah?


I could probably play around with it and do something, or perhaps someone else could do something that would actually look good with it.
Sep. 27th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
Is this Manah?

I do believe that Manah is the androgyne on the left.
Sep. 27th, 2006 07:27 am (UTC)
I haven't played Drakengard 2, but here are some icons of who I think is Manah;

I tried customising my own LJ scheme to-day and wound up losing my colour scheme. Though I did get a background image to work. My friend tells me she learned a lot reading S2 customising lj communities.
Sep. 27th, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
I haven't played Drakengard 2, but here are some icons of who I think is Manah;

Thank you! Yes, that's her.

My friend tells me she learned a lot reading S2 customising lj communities.


Sep. 28th, 2006 10:25 am (UTC)
Thank you!

No problem. Though there were surprisingly few pictures online. I got what I used off of the Japanese web site.
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